Michelle Chan Brown

July 22: Kundiman at Word for Word Poetry


Word for Word Poetry welcomes Kundiman for a summer night of contemporary Asian American poetry in the park!

FEATURING Michelle Chan Brown, Cathy Linh Che, Eugenia Leigh, Sally Wen Mao, & Patrick Rosal 

7:00pm – 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room

* This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. *


MICHELLE CHAN BROWN’s Double Agent was the winner of the 2011 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Witness, and others.

CATHY LINH CHE is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. A Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, she received her BA from Reed College and her MFA from New York University. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant.

EUGENIA LEIGH is the author of a full-length collection of poetry, Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows (Four Way Books, 2014), which was a finalist for both the National Poetry Series and the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including PANK Magazine, North American Review, The Collagist, and the Best New Poets 2010 anthology.

SALLY WEN MAO is a Chinese American poet. She earned a BA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from Cornell University. Mao is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets as well as the 2010 RHINO Poetry Editors’ Prize. Her first book, Mad Honey Symposium, appears from Alice James Books in 2014.

PATRICK ROSAL is the author of three full-length poetry collections. His most recent, Boneshepherds (2011), was named a small press highlight by the National Book Critics Circle and a notable book by the Academy of American Poets. His other two books are My American Kundiman (2006), and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003). His collections have been honored with the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members' Choice Award. In 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines. He is co-founding editor of Some Call It Ballin', a literary sports quarterly. 

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In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Feb 23. Kundiman Reading in DC with Michelle Chan Brown, Tung-Hui Hu, and Subhashini Kaligotla

February 23, 2014
3222 11th St NW 
Washington, DC, 20010

$10 donation 

Three Kundiman poets (fellows and former faculty) -- Tung-Hui Hu, Michelle Chan Brown, and Subhashini Kaligotla -- come together for a night of poetry, sharing new work. Kundiman is an Asian American poetry organization that cultivates and promotes new generations of Asian American poets. This is Kundiman’s first reading in DC.

Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/132722683565152/

About the Poets: 

MICHELLE CHAN BROWN's Double Agent received the 2012 Kore Press First Book Award. A chapbook,The Clever Decoys, is available from LATR editions. Poems and reviews have appeared in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, The Journal, Linebreak, Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Witness and others, as well as forthcoming anthologies; two poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She has received scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference. A Kundiman fellow, Michelle lives in DC, where she teaches, writes and edits Drunken Boat.

SUBHASHINI KALIGOTLA's poems have appeared in such journals as Boxcar Poetry Review, Drunken Boat, LUMINA, New England Review, and The Literary Review, and in anthologies published in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her writing has benefited from the support of Hedgebrook, Sanskriti Kendra (New Delhi), the Fulbright Program, and Columbia University. Subhashini is currently a fellow at the National Gallery of Art, where she is writing her doctoral dissertation on Indian temple architecture.

TUNG-HUI HU is the author of three collections of poetry, The Book of Motion (Georgia, 2003), Mine (Ausable/Copper Canyon, 2007), and Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon, 2013). His poems have appeared in places such as Boston Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Gastronomica, and, most recently, the SoundWalk festival of sound art in Long Beach, CA. Hu teaches at the University of Michigan, where Hu teaches at the University of Michigan, where he is an assistant professor of English.

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Oct. 5 Cynthia Arrieu-King, Michelle Chan Brown, Cathy Linh Che, Evan Chen, Vanessa Huang, Jee Leong Koh, Sally Wen Mao, Alison Roh Park, Purvi Shah, R.A. Villanueva read at AAWW's Page Turner

October 5

Kundiman Marathon Poetry Reading at AAWW's PageTurnerFest

11 am - 12 pm

Roulette Ballroom
509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

This special marathon reading presents some of the best emerging Asian American poets.

Featuring Michelle Chan Brown (Double Agent), Cathy Linh Che (Split ), Evan Chen, Vanessa Huang, Cynthia Arrieu-King (Manifest), Jee Leong Koh (Seven Studies for a Self Portrait), Sally Wen Mao (Mad Honey Symposium), Alison Roh Park (What We Push Against), Purvi Shah (Terrain Tracks), and R.A. Villanueva (Reliquaria)

For more information, visit http://pageturnerfest.org/ 

Cynthia Arrieu-King works as an associate professor of creative writing at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is the author of two collections of poetry, People are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus Books, 2010) and Manifest (Switchback Books, 2013).  

Michelle Chan Brown
’s Double Agent was the winner of the 2012 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in BlackbirdThe Missouri Review, and Witness. She lives with DC, where she teaches, writes, and edits Drunken Boat.

Cathy Linh Che
 is the author of Split (Alice James Books, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize. She has also received fellowships from Poets & Writers, Poets House, and LMCC's Workspace Residency.

 Evan Robert Chen is a doctoral student in creative writing at SUNY Albany, where he has taught courses in poetry and film. You can listen to his poems and drones at marrymepoems.tumblr.com.

Poet, Artist, and Cultural Organizer Vanessa Huang weaves poemsongs with moments of creative aliveness and transformative encounter, color, and texture in call and response with kindred spirits who dream and make worlds where each and all of us are free. She was a finalist for Poets & Writers’ 2010 California Writers Exchange Award.

Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poems, including Seven Studies for a Self Portrait (Bench Press). His most recent collection, The Pillow Book, will be translated into Japanese and published by Awai Books in 2014. Born in Singapore, he now lives in New York, and blogs at Song of a Reformed Headhunter.

 Sally Wen Mao is the author of a forthcoming book of poems, Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and is published or forthcoming in GuernicaGulf Coast, and Indiana Review. 

Alison Roh Park is a Kundiman fellow, Pushcart nominated poet, and winner of the 2011 Poetry Society of America New York Chapbook Fellowship, 2012 Poets and Writers Magazine Amy Award and 2010 Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. She currently teaches Asian American Studies at Hunter College and writes for www.racefiles.com.

Purvi Shah won the inaugural SONY South Asian Excellence Award for Social Service for her work fighting violence against women. Her debut book,Terrain Tracks, garnered the Many Voices Project prize and was nominated for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award. You can find more of her work at http://purvipoets.nethttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/purvi-shah/, or @PurviPoets.

R.A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the 2013 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. He is also the winner of the 2013 Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, he lives in Brooklyn.

Michelle Chan Brown, April Naoko Heck, Mia Ayumi Malhotra, Chris Santiago, & R.A. Villanueva published in Kartika Review

Congrats, dear fellows and alums!

We’re excited to announce the release of our latest publication, Issue 16, Fall 2013.

In This Issue: Michelle Chan Brown, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, April Naoko Heck, Susan Ito, Mia Ayumi Malhotra, Minh Pham, Danny Robles, Chris Santiago, R. A. Santos, Shubha Venugopal, R.A. Villanueva, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang.

Interviews with Li-Young Lee, acclaimed poet and author of four books of poetry and a memoir, including Behind My Eyes (W.W. Norton, 2008) and Shin Yu Pai, author of eight books of poetry, including Aux Arcs (La Alameda Press, 2013).

APIA Commentary by David Mura: The Student of Color in the Typical MFA Program.


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